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Feeding the family…

Your alarm goes off and it’s time to start another day…but not just an ordinary day. Because let’s get real, that doesn’t happen when you’re a mom and you have kids to take care of!

Your day constantly revolves around the little people who follow you around calling you “Mamma” from morning to night. Oh boy, has life changed since becoming a mom! Things that weren’t important to us before are all we seem to think about these days. There isn’t anything that we wouldn’t do for our kids…their health and happiness is our top priority.

Marcus’ first taste of beef as a baby.

From the moment they’re born, we only want the best for them and that includes what we give them to eat. Really, think about it, how many of you were like me and never thought you’d be a breastfeeding Mamma and totally surprised yourself? How many of you started to grocery shop differently once it was time to start your little one on solid foods? I found myself buying more organic foods, making sure everything was local, making my own baby food from scratch (you know what’s going into it and its much more cost–effective.) All of a sudden, I knew what superfoods and iron-enriched foods were and why they were so good and important for the growth and brain development of these tiny humans. I found myself in the kitchen a lot more and researching all the food I was preparing for them.

One thing I learned was that 6 months of age is a critical time for infants to get iron-rich foods since iron-reserves are low. One of the best ways for baby to boost iron levels is to eat beef. I’ve battled with low-iron my whole life I wanted to make sure my kids were getting enough of it and from a great source. To quote Health Canada: “Iron is a critical nutrient in brain development. Deficiencies during infancy and childhood may have serious and irreversible effects.” Wow! Health Canada recommends that meats should be introduced as one of baby’s first foods at 6 months of age.

I still remember standing in the kitchen with my Baby Bullet preparing meals for my kids and then blending my creations for them…yes meat too! I actually started with beef, which I would purée with my breastmilk, and the kids would devour! From that we gradually moved on to more chunky textures, and then to finger foods. Still to this day, with my kids being 6 years old (Samantha), 4 years old (Liliana) and 2 years old (Marcus), they are always asking me to make their faves, which usually consist of things like lasagna, burgers, thin grilled steaks, kabobs, stir-fry, etc.

Samantha enjoying a burger while Liliana digs into her lasagna.

Just last night I made another one of the kids’ faves. Can you guess what it was? I’ll give you a hint…it’s healthy, tastes great, is good for them, is made with beef and topped with some fresh locally grown veggies. Wanna know? Watch the video below and see for yourself…

TACOS! Tacos are one of our family’s favourite meals, which we try to get it in weekly if not bi-weekly because it’s a great way to incorporate beef, which is a great a source of iron, as well as veggies, dairy and grains! What a great way to check all the boxes in one very popular meal.

So what are you cooking up for dinner? Don’t know? How about Oven Roast Beef with Simple Sauce or Tuscan Beef Kabobs with Quinoa & Roasted Cauliflower, CLICK HERE to check out the recipes.

Disclosure: This post is in partnership with ThinkBeef.caAs always the opinions expressed are my own.

 

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